Winter 2011

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

  • OST Director’s Retreat
    April 26-27, 2012
    K Bar S Lodge near Keystone
    Keynote speaker: Gale Gorke

  • National Afterschool
    Association conference

    April 2-4, 2012
    Dallas, TX

  • National Institute on
    Out of School Time

    July 23-27, 2012
    Boston, Mass.

  • SD 21st CCLC Summer

    May 29-30, 2012 - Pierre, SD

Mark’s Money Tip:

   Regarding inventory:
   All equipment and
   inventory should be
   be individually tagged with
   a permanent identification
   number reflecting 21st
   CCLC as purchaser.
   Inventory list should
   include: cost, who
   holds title, identification
   number, serial number,
   description, location,
   acquisition date and disposition.
   A random physical
   check of the inventory
   should be conducted
   at least once
   every 2 years.

Mark Gageby is a management analyst for the South Dakota Department of Education and oversees funding for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program.

Resource Corner:

   Need a fun new
   technology idea? Try Voki.
   Voki is a free
   program that allows
   you to create a
   talking character. You
   can record your own
   own voice or type words
   and pick a pre-recorded
   voice to say the
   words. You can customize
   your Voki to look like
   you or take on the
   identity of other types of
   characters such as
   animals or monsters.
   There are tons of
   lesson plans and tips
   for use in the
   Teacher’s Corner. Students
   will have a blast creating
   their own Voki character!

Give us your feedback

   Email Jill Cotton your comments
   about this newsletter. Your
   comments will provide direction
   for future issues.


Center Highlight:
Belle Fourche JAM Program

    School Served:
- Belle Fourche Middle School

After-School Program
- Daily Attendance: 40 afterschool, 100 on Fri. Intercession days
- Hours: 3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. -Thurs., 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Fri. Intercession days.

Summer Program
- Daily Attendance: 60
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The main goals of the JAM program are to support the academic curriculum and to expose the students to various real life opportunities so they can become involved at any time of their lives. They accomplish this by offering everything from homework help to advanced science and math classes. They also include physical activities and social learning. In the summer the students have a chance to learn everything from gold mining to sewing. New this year, the JAM program signed on with the Discovery Center’s SOI Grant which has allowed them to increase their STEM activities.

Friday Intercessions
Since the Belle Fourche school district has a 4-day week, Friday intercessions are offered to provide additional learning opportunities for the students. Small group homework help is offered with the help of the regular-day teachers. Teachers from the district work together to create a curriculum to support the program. Physical fitness activities, STEM programs and social/personal interest group are also offered.

MYOB, A Great Success!
The staff at the program is so proud of the Mind Your Own Business program and fair. For the past six years they’ve been helping 5th and 6th grade students create a business plan and go through all of the steps in developing their own business. Students start by interviewing for a loan, creating a product, advertising, and then actually selling their product at our “Mind Your Own Business Fair.” for a real cash profit! Students keep all of the profit themselves. Kristie says of the program, “It is a wonderful eye opener to the students and their families on how a little hard work goes a long way.”


It’s that time again …

    The 2012 grant application process is open and applications are due February 24, 2012. All the grant documents can be found in the “Documents” section of the 21st CCLC web page. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the application process.

OST Director’s Retreat: April 26-27, 2012

    K Bar S Lodge, Keystone SD. The keynote speaker this year is Gale Gorke. An informational flyer has been sent out with all the details, it is also posted on the 21st CCLC Professional Development website if you need additional information.

21st CCLC Annual Conference

    May 29-30, 2012
Ramkota Conference Center, Pierre SD
“Making Moments Count with Countless Resources”

Keynote speaker is Jim Harris. We are looking for groups who want to present breakout sessions on the 29th. Please see the RFP if you’re interested. The second day of the conference is dedicated to STEM activities and resources. The South Dakota Discovery Center is bringing in a representative from NASA along with many other breakout sessions regarding STEM resources.

Click here to register.


Beat the Winter Blues

    Winter is here! So beat those winter blues and break out the beach towels and flip flops and have an indoor beach party! Click here for ideas on how to plan your indoor beach event. This could also be a great idea for a family night activity.

A Wellness Tip

    With the cold and flu season upon us it might be a good idea to review personal hygiene practices. Have the kids make new posters to hang up around the program space or create a new bulletin board highlighting the importance of staying healthy this winter. Click here for more information and examples.


       Sue Burgard, S.D. Department of Education,
       (605) 773-5238

       Jill Cotton, S.D. Department of Education,
       (605) 773-4693